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Machen's classic defense of orthodox Christianity established the importance of scriptural doctrine and contrasts the teachings of liberalism and orthodoxy on God and man, the Bible, Christ, salvation, and the church. Though originally published nearly seventy years ago, the book maintains its relevance today. It was named one of the top 100 books of the millennium by World magazine and one of the top 100 books of the century by Christianity Today.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/17/2014

    " A good read about liberalism in the church. Though Machen wrote this almost a century ago (80 years) it is still relevant today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua Smith | 1/28/2014

    " A most excellent book! I will definitely reread this many times. Machen does a great job of distinguishing true Christian doctrine from that of liberal "Christianity." a must-read for anyone who takes his faith seriously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Robbins | 1/21/2014

    " Simply one of the best defenses of orthodox Christianity over and against Liberalism ever. Hard to believe it was published in 1923. Sounds like it could be talking about specific things today. Stellar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Westerfield | 1/18/2014

    " Written in 1923, Machen addresses a system of theology encroaching upon the church that would bring about the sure eclipse of the very Gospel itself within the 20th century. It is important to note from the outset that this liberalism is not at all the same as modern political liberalism (though there are likely some fundamental philosophical similarities), but is rather theological liberalism. (In fact, Machen was strongly opposed to entering World War I and fought vigorously at the Congressional level to keep us out, if that peaks your interest at all.) So don't stumble over the title if that happens to be your particular political bent. In his day, J. Gresham Machen, at great cost to himself, fought against the theological and doctrinal accommodation of the scientific culture within the church, who were denying miracles and the supernatural based upon empirical scientific evidence and methodologies. Despite many of his "brethren" in the day, he held out that we must adhere to the divine, supernatural nature of all that Christianity entails or else forfeit the Gospel itself: the divine inerrancy of the Scriptures, the nature and qualities of both God and man, that salvation is a supernatural work of God, that real people with real sins were atoned for by the blood of Christ, the human and divine natures of Christ, amongst many things that set Historic Christianity apart from all other religions devised by man out in the world. The thinking of the forerunners of theological liberalism went like this, “In order to reach the scientifically enlightened culture we live in, it is not important to hold to a literal virgin birth, a literal resurrection, atonement through the cross, or any miracles really at all, mainly because these events cannot be empirically proven through scientific analysis and methods; we believe these things personally, but it is not important to hold to these things in light of science.” Because the church was increasingly falling prey to this and in danger of apostatizing from the Gospel itself as a result, Machen wrote this book in response and fought vigorously for the truth of the Scriptures, Orthodoxy, and Historic Christianity. While it is definitely possible the intentions of the original liberals were good in trying to reach a culture with Christ that had scientific empirical evidence as a presupposition when coming to the spiritual/supernatural statements of Christianity, the followers in its wake have basically denied Christianity of any supernatural and divine quality (which is how lives are effectually changed, i.e. God creates in people something that was not there through the cross of Christ). Theological Liberalism essentially renders Christianity just another choice of moralistic religions, that we are all basically good, and can morally reform ourselves outside of God, amongst a host of other religions saying the same thing. I believe it is deeply and vastly important for modern believers in the Gospel to read this book, because there is a movement underway in our culture that is doing the same things as liberals of the early 20th century: it goes by the name of the Emerging Church. The liberalism of the 20th century addressed the Modern era, and now the Emerging church (new liberalism) addresses the postmodern era. With modernism there was scientific certainty; with postmodernism, there is total uncertainty and skepticism, and this has translated into the realm of spirituality (i.e. "we can't really know anything for sure concerning who God is, what He's like," etc). While times have changed (philosophical/cultural thinking) and even science itself (there is increasing ambiguity concerning the very nature of particles and waves in the scientific community, i.e. what scientists thought they knew for sure in the 20th century concerning matter, anti-matter, and laws of physics, they are not so sure about now, based greatly upon quantum mechanics - so miracles and the supernatural are no longer deemed as impossible scientific propositions), the premise is the same in both ages: adopt the culture with its thinking, belief structure, and presuppositions in order to win the culture for Christ. Make Christianity attractive by bringing in the thinking of the world around us. Sounds good right? I mean, at least on a surface level, the intention may be good, which is win people for Christ! But is it effective in the long run? As John Piper properly notes in an introduction to a sermon he preached, "If you adjust your doctrine to fit the world in order to attract the world, sooner or later the world realizes that they already have what the church offers. That was the story of much of mainline Protestantism in Europe and America in the 20th century. Adjust your doctrine – or just minimize doctrine – to attract the world, and in the very process of attracting them, lose the radical truth [the Gospel itself] that alone can set them free." In order to accommodate a postmodern culture, the Emerging Church has brought down its doctrinal walls in order to win the culture. However, as history shows, this does not work. This movement will ultimately wind up blocking people from seeing, believing in, and enjoying the true Christ of the Scriptures (as opposed to the Jesus made in their own image and likeness), for which they will be held accountable before His White Throne judgment (may God have mercy on us all on that day). Emergents have themselves adopted postmodern thought within a “new” system of Christianity, that you cannot really know anything for sure, so there is no need to be dogmatic on doctrine. And in addition to this, they have in many cases totally redefined the Christian message altogether, where it is no longer distinguishable from that of other religions with their pseudo-pietistic, works-based approach to God. As with the liberalism in the 20th century that Machen addressed in this book, the Emerging Church will surely bring about the very eclipse of Christ and the Gospel (the good news of redemption!) itself in the 21st century. The Emerging Church is just version 2.0 of the theological liberalism of the 20th century. May we learn from history and glorify Jesus by adhering to His infallible Word, even if people hate us! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 1/12/2014

    " A first rate defense of Christianity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 1/9/2014

    " This is an excellent book. Most amazing is that it was written at the beginning of the 20th Century and the words and thoughts are more revelant today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 1/6/2014

    " Although this book was written nearly 100 years ago, it is still very relevant for Christians today. Very helpful reading for Christians who interact with skeptics and a post-Christian context. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 W. Bradford Littlejohn | 11/19/2013

    " He's got some good points, but this guy was way too much of a warrior-theologian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Wedgeworth | 11/6/2013

    " Dated and has some imbalances, but overall quite helpful. The most frightening thing is to see how much of what went by "Liberal" is now just normal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler Hurst | 10/25/2013

    " Machen with this text took a much needed stand against liberalism, which is still very relevant today and much needed read in light of postmodernism (which makes many of the same errors as modernism/liberalism). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Canavan | 10/21/2013

    " Excellent! Machen's words are as relevant for 2013 as they were for 1923. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Andrusk | 10/19/2013

    " Yes, that's right I did give this book 5 stars. It was both simple to read and rich in content for the grave consequences for abandoning orthodox Christianity and that liberalism is completely different religion and is NOT Christianity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 10/7/2013

    " Great book. Written in the 1920s it is every bit as relevant today. Machen explains the Gospel in a clear and grown up way and shows that anything that purports to be the Gospel but doesn't have the parts isn't Christianity at all and in fact is an enemy of God and his Christ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mad Russian the Traveller | 10/4/2013

    " This is one of those books that you'll find yourself saying (to yourself) "AMEN" after just about every paragraph. I want to quote so many lines from it that I think rather I will just strongly recommend that everyone who is a Christian or interested in the Christian religion should read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Fowler | 9/18/2013

    " The most encouraging thing about this almost century-old book is how relevant it is to our time. There is nothing new under the sun, and God's truth is marching on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Smith | 3/28/2013

    " While I demur on certain trajectories in this book, I think Machen's opening diagnosis of "liberalism" is both prescient and germane to contemporary debates. I recommend reading alongside Cardinal Newman's famous appendix to Apologia Pro Vita Sua, "On Liberalism." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 1/16/2013

    " Truly a classic! Machen's defense of biblical orthodoxy is as relevant today as it was during the early decades of the 20th century. Machen effectively argues that theological liberalism, far from being a branch of Christianity is an entirely different religion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Yelverton | 1/9/2013

    " A very brutally honest book, but one that needed to be written about the subversion movement inside the Christian church. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 12/17/2012

    " The writing is so beautiful and the ideas are so clear; I disagree with most of what he says but he preserves this wonderful tension between Christianity and the world that is lost in the theology he's railing against. Go J.G. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen Burrow | 9/9/2012

    " Outstanding. Machen's critique of theological liberalism is as relevant today as it was in 1923. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Puskas | 5/15/2012

    " I read this title at Wheaton College in Prof. Robert Webber's class on historical theology. Machen challenged Harnack's notion of Christianity as the Fatherhood of God, Brotherhood of Man, and ethic of Love, arguing for a more evangelical position "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Hemmeke | 4/28/2012

    " Much needed defense of orthodoxy against liberalism "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry | 2/19/2012

    " Written 90 years ago, Machen's defense of biblical Christianity againist the heresies of "progressive" liberal theology of the early 20th century is still good reading for anyone who wants to think clearly and biblically about the sound Christian doctrine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Rivera | 2/8/2012

    " Totally still relevant today I kid you not the same stuff that went on back in the 20s and 30s still goes on today!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tsun Lu | 12/18/2011

    " Machen's argument is still valid today. I agree with him that either liberal or conservative a person with an ideology should be honest about it and choose the right institution that accepts his views to promote his views. "

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